Thursday, July 31, 2008

Quote of the Day

Familiarity with danger makes a
brave man braver, but less daring.

Herman Melville

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Quote of the Day

Many politicians lay it down as a self-evident
proposition, that no people ought to be free till they
are fit to use their freedom. The maxim is worthy of the
fool in the old story, who resolved not to go into
the water till he had learned to swim.

Thomas Babington Macaulay

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Monday, July 28, 2008

Quote of the Day

You should never have your best trousers on when
you turn out to fight for freedom and truth.

Henrik Johan Ibsen

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Quote of the Day

Through perseverance many people win success
out of what seemed destined to be certain failure.

Benjamin Disraeli

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Quote of the Day

A good listener is not only popular everywhere,
but after a while he gets to know something.

Wilson Mizner

Friday, July 25, 2008

Quote of the Day

I'm very pleased with each advancing year. It stems
back to when I was forty. I was a bit upset about
reaching that milestone, but an older friend
consoled me. "Don't complain about growing old -
many, many people do not have that privilege.

Chief Justice Earl Warren

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Quote of the Day

How vain it is to sit down to write
when you have not stood up to live.

Henry David Thoreau

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Quote of the Day

I don't care what is written
about me so long as it isn't true.

Dorothy Parker

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Quote of the Day

Courage is the greatest of all the virtues. Because
if you haven't courage, you may not have an
opportunity to use any of the others.

Dr. Samuel Johnson

Monday, July 21, 2008

Quote of the Day

Years ago, it meant something to be crazy.
Now, everyone's crazy.

Charles Manson

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Costa Rica: Rooster Fish

Quote of the Day

Be master of your petty annoyances and conserve
your energies for the big, worthwhile things. It
isn't the mountain ahead that wears you out -
it's the grain of sand in your shoe.

Robert W. Service

Friday, July 18, 2008

A Title IX Advocate's View

This is a great example of who/what we're up against:

The New York Times came out with an article this week talking, in scathing terms, about the sciences being "title nined". Thanks to Zuska and PhysioProf for writing about this. I don't get the New York Times anymore because when we first moved here they didn't deliver it in our backwater little town.

The article is such a piece of trash, quoting people like Christina Hoff Summers as if she is some kind of gentle voice of reason when it comes to Title IX, instead of a mouthpiece for whacko right wing nut jobs.

Since we advocate the elimination of the quota system that wipes out men's sports, we're "whacko right wing nut jobs". OUCH!

Title IX is the law of the land. As much as the male patriarchy in the sciences feels that their Exalted Work comes before any law, it is beholden to them to toe the line and comply. Period. End of story. And it is about time someone stepped into the science arena swinging a big Title IX stick to beat some compliance into their heads.

Can't you see? This is about revenge! Read more here.

Had the writer of this piece emptied a bottle of absinthe before sitting down at the keyboard?

Quote of the Day

Human potential, though not always apparent, is
there waiting to be discovered and invited forth.

William W. Purkey

(thanks MS)

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Quote of the Day

It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still
differentiate between a time for learning and a time for
play without seeing the vital connection between them.
Dr. Leo Buscaglia

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Quote of the Day

We choose our joys and sorrows
long before we experience them.

Kahlil Gibran

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Quote of the Day

The most exhausting thing in life is being insincere.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Monday, July 14, 2008

Quote of the Day

Be careful to leave your sons well instructed
rather than rich, for the hopes of the instructed
are better than the wealth of the ignorant.


Sunday, July 13, 2008

Quote of the Day

The probability that we may fail in the
struggle ought not to deter us from the
support of a cause we believe to be just.

Abraham Lincoln

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Quote of the Day

There are three rules for writing a novel.
Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.

William Somerset Maugham

Friday, July 11, 2008

Quote of the Day

And those who were seen dancing were thought
to be insane by those who could not hear the music.

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Aren't there any other radicals out there?

If men's swimming is going down, do you want it to be with a whimper or a bang?

I just made my $100 donation to Save ASU Swimming.

My understanding is that if they're unable to raise the dough necessary to keep the men's program, that we have the option of leaving it for the women's team.

That would be a nice gesture.

Luckily, I've got a much better idea of how they can use the money to help the sport of swimming (both at ASU and elsewhere).

Why don't we send a message to all the athletic directors who think they can dump men's swimming and still keep their jobs?

I say, we kick them to the curb if they can't manage their budgets without dropping sports.

Here's what I typed into the comment box:

If the men's program isn't saved, I'd like my donation to be
used toward buying out athletic director Lisa Love's contract.

Quote of the Day

The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon,
but only to hold a man's foot long enough to
enable him to put the other somewhat higher.

Thomas Henry Huxley

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Quote of the Day

The power to command
frequently causes failure to think.

Barbara Wertheim Tuchman

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Quote of the Day

The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working
the moment you get up in the morning, and
does not stop until you get into the office.

Robert Frost

Monday, July 07, 2008

Equitable Sports Get Unequal Treatment by NCAA

A Dallas Morning News article really puts it in perspective.

While they discuss the inequities between male and female athletic scholarship numbers in the piece, it was this statement by baseball dad Tim Sibley that really caught my eye:

"But I'm looking at the sport as a chance for my son to become a better-rounded individual. We don't look at it from the standpoint of we're putting all this money in with the hope a scholarship will pay us back because it's not going to happen."

Roster caps and program cuts means more and more families are seeing how mismanaged athletic budgets and Title IX have limited their sons' athletic futures.

There's an excellent chart at the end of the article showing the difference in athletic scholarships available to each sport.

Notice that the sports like tennis, swimming, water polo, track, etc. (that have historically offered the same facilities, coaching, equipment, etc. to both men and women) have very different numbers when it comes to available scholarships. While the women get the gold, the men get the shaft.

See the article here.

Tournament Champs

This 8'1" Lemon Shark was caught (from shore) by Leon's team at about 2:00 a.m. Sunday.

Quote of the Day

The greatest of faults, I should say,
is to be conscious of none.

Thomas Carlyle

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Quote of the Day

An idealist is one who, on noticing that a
rose smells better than a cabbage,
concludes that it will also make better soup.

Henry Louis Mencken

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Quote of the Day

It is a common experience that a problem difficult
at night is resolved in the morning after the
committee of sleep has worked on it.

John Steinbeck

Friday, July 04, 2008

Quote of the Day

The most perfect technique is
that which is not noticed at all.

Pablo Casals

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Quote of the Day

There is nothing worse than a
brilliant image of a fuzzy concept.

Ansel Easton Adams

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Quote of the Day

If you limit your actions in life to things that nobody
can possibly find fault with, you will not do much.

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (a.k.a. Lewis Carroll)

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Quote of the Day

Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice.
Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.

Barry M. Goldwater